10 key things that happened this week

Ten of the biggest stories from the past week: Top DEFRA official ‘kept awake’ by Brexit, DEFRA steps up pre-Brexit recruitment, Investigation into CO2 leaks at old mine, UK carbon tax to replace EU ETS…

Illustration of Brexit clock tickingTop DEFRA official ‘kept awake at night’ by ‘high risk’ Brexit preparations

DEFRA is managing a “huge amount of risk” as a result of Brexit, the department’s permanent secretary Clare Moriarty told a House of Commons committee on Monday.

Moriarty told the Public Accounts Committee that DEFRA is monitoring its 55 Brexit-related projects “very carefully”, but that it will not know “until we get to certain stages whether there will be hidden issues”. The National Audit Office recently published a report saying that DEFRA still had a number of “major hurdles” to clear before it is ready for Brexit. MORE

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